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The Washington State Worker Retraining Program

The Worker Retraining Program (WRT) is a partnership between the Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Employment Security Department (ESD) to provide access to training and funding to support unemployed workers who wish to upgrade their skills or train for a new career.

Worker Retraining Location

Building 16, Room 118, Lakewood Campus

Effective July 6, the WorkFirst/Worker Retraining Office will have reduced office hours through summer quarter:
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED

The WorkSource Office (Theresa Hoffman):
Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We will resume the Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule beginning September 8.

To qualify for Worker Retraining one of the following requirements must be met:

  • Facing a layoff and eligible to collect unemployment benefits
  • Currently collecting unemployment benefits
  • Exhausted unemployment benefits within the past 48 months
  • Displaced Homemaker (recently separated or divorced) within the past 24 months
  • Self-employed and now unemployed within the past 24 months
  • Honorably discharged veteran within the past 48 months
  • Active Duty Military with an official order of separation
  • Stop-Gap employment (temporary work accepted only because of lay-off or termination due to no fault of your own.  Employment must be temporary in nature with the intent to end employment upon the completion of training, obtaining self-sufficient employment as specified in the individual education plan.)

What proof is needed to apply

  • Dislocated Worker/ Currently collecting Unemployment: A most recent WA state Unemployment Insurance (UI) stub showing you are currently receiving benefits, or bring a printout of the WIA001 screen (may be obtained by visiting the Employment Security Representative located in the career Center in Building 19, Room 109) from WA State Employment Security Department showing your payment history (48 months).
  • Displaced Homeworker: A copy of your divorce degree, legal separation agreement, death certificate, a printout of primary wage earners WIA001 screen from the Employment Security Department and/ or statement of current circumstance (notarized) for the past 24 months. If underemployed and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment attach proof of current income ( 3 most recent pay stubs).
  • Honorably Discharged Veteran: A copy of you DD214 showing separation date from the armed services within the last 48 months and Honorable discharge status.
  • Active Duty Military:  Documentation in the form of an official separation order.  The document must identify the individual and the date of separation from the military. Dishonorable discharge status is not eligible under this category.
  • Self-Employed: Documentation reflecting self-employment within the past 24 months. Bring in a copy of your most recent income tax return with required forms/schedules demonstrating self-employment activities. Also, attach a statement and/ or other documents that support your unemployment is a result of general economic conditions in the community in which you reside or is a result of a natural disaster.
  • Stop Gap Employment: UI eligibility: proof of UI; Monetary determination: Indicates that Stop Gap job wages are 50% or less than the wages of lay off position, and labor market information that indicates the Stop Gap Job will not lead to self-sufficiency.

Eligible WRT participants may receive the following support:

  • Tuition and book assistance
  • Access to an Employment Security Representative (on campus)
  • Dedicated Worker Retraining Advisor/Counselor
  • Support services may be provided
  • Access to a Workforce Navigator who is able to provide 1:1 career coaching and job readiness resources, including resume and cover letter development and job placement assistance and other services. Sign up for Workforce Navigator Services here.

Worker Retraining and unemployment benefits

Participants may be eligible for Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) and/or Training Benefits (TB) by submitting paperwork to the Employment Security Department. Eligibility for both will be determined by the Employment Security Department.

CAT: If approved, participants are allowed to attend school full-time (12 credits) and have their job search waived. It does not extend unemployment benefits.

TB: If approved, it would allow a participant to receive additional unemployment benefits after exhausting their regular unemployment claim. To be considered for Training Benefits, one must submit an application within 90 days of filing your unemployment benefit’s claim. You are also required to enroll in school within 120 days.

Training programs that are eligible in the Worker Retraining:

  • Any of CPTC’s High Wage/High Demand professional/technical programs
  • Programs funded by Worker Retraining
  • Bachelor degrees are not eligible

How to Apply

Contact Worker Retraining Program Assistant Grace Moore at 253-589-4311 Bldg. 16 room 118.

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